FAQ's

FAQ's About Church

What kind of Community Church are we?

We're affiliated with people who have a common heart for the 'Kingdom of God'.  We are both inter-denominational and non-denominational.  We are not independent but rather inter-dependent. We believe that there is one church over the whole island and so we enjoy Christians from many different churches that have a common heart for the purposes of God.  We are locally owned and operated, home grown and organic.  We joke that we really are a nameless brand of believers, kind of like the no-name brand you see at a grocery store.  Our Lead Pastor meets weekly with eight other lead pastors from across the Island from various churches every week and our Discipleship Pastor meets with local pastors weekly as well.  We have also been a part of the city wide Christian Council since our inception.  We are well connected to many national 'streams' across Canada and we believe the Church is fed by a river that flows from heaven.  This river has seven tributaries that have made deposits in the river we are a part of.  These "tributaries" include: Evangelical, Charismatic, Holiness, Social Justice, Orthodox, Catholic (universal) and Contemplative.  


How do you become a member at SCC? 

Show up once as a visitor, show up twice with a smile on your face and a desire to be plugged in and you're a member. It's that easy.  Obviously this includes sharing your time, talent and treasure with your church family.  It is our responsibility as followers of Jesus to make disciples and to duplicate ourselves in all we do.  Membership also includes being an active part of the relationships of our local church, which includes our Life Groups.


Why is SCC attracting so many young families?

Actually, our church family is a four-generation church.  Having said that, we are the newest and youngest church in Summerside.  J.B. Philips said the following, "The newborn Church, as vulnerable as any human child, having neither money, influence nor power in the ordinary sense, is setting forth joyfully and courageously to win the world for God through Christ. The young Church, like all young creatures, is appealing in its simplicity and single-heartedness. Here we see the Church in its first youth, valiant and unspoiled—a body of ordinary men and women joined in an unconquerable fellowship never before seen on this earth. This surely is the Church as it was meant to be. It is vigorous and flexible, for these are the days before it ever became fat and short of breath through prosperity, or muscle-bound by over-organization…. But if they were uncomplicated and naïve by modern standards." This is the church we aspire to be.


So what is the Sunday morning celebration like that your church?

Our Sunday morning celebration is from 10am - 11:45am with optional ministry often going beyond 11:45am.  However, our end time for the majority of mornings is 11:45am to accommodate the many young families with young children to get home in time for lunch!  There is always coffee waiting for you by 9:30am, which you can bring with you into the Great Room.  Our worship style is a contemporary mix, led by a variety of worship teams.  We usually have a guest speaker at least once a month, many of whom are selected from in-house.

How often do you have communion and who can participate?

All believers in Jesus Christ are welcome to participate in communion regardless of your church affiliation or denominational background.  We enjoy communion much like a family would around a table at dinner time every Sunday morning to celebrate who Jesus is and the sacrifice He made for us.  We also celebrate the fact that, as a body of believers, we are a family, made one in Christ. We encourage individuals to join in circles with other families in groups of 4 to 16 people and celebrate together.


What is the purpose of the church?  What is the church’s statement of faith?

Please view our Heart, Vision & Values here.

 

 

What weekly programs are there for my family and for me?

For adults we have close to 20 Life Groups.  For a listing of our various mid-week Life Groups, please visit our Life Groups page.

Our youth meet weekly at Centre 150.  Their times & locations are updated on our Life Groups page.

For information on Children’s Ministry at SCC, please visit our Kidz Church page.


Where will my children be?  What does SCC offer for children and what role do children play at SCC?

Our desire is to come alongside parents and children.  Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it.”  We hope to assist parents to develop in each child, from an early age, a personal relationship with Jesus and to walk in His power.  It is our hope to see them mature in the knowledge of God’s word, and to learn to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. We desire to help you and your family have meaningful experiences with God through Kidz Church.  Other than our part-time Children's Pastor, all of our Kidz Church team are volunteers and desire to hear the Lord’s heart for His children and to see more children come to the Kingdom of God.  Each volunteer within Kidz Church has had a background check as a part of our Child Safe Policy.  We also require parents/guardians to sign their child in and out of their class on Sundays mornings as an added security measure.


Am I obligated to tithe or give offerings to come to this church?

No.  However, we believe with all our hearts that wherever God guides, He provides.  Those who sow sparingly will reap sparingly, and those who sow generously will reap a life of great reward.  This doesn't simply apply to finances, but all aspects of our lives.  We desire to make available all we possess for the building of the Kingdom recognizing that we hold all things from God in trust.  We know that material possessions tend to possess us by becoming our security or source of anxiety.  By freely, voluntarily and cheerfully returning the tithe (10% of our earnings) we are reminded of Who our provider is.  “The Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything”.  We want to trust God as our security and we assure one another that we will take an ongoing responsibility for each other’s needs, including those most vulnerable among us.  We give according to our willingness; sacrificially, freely, cheerfully and systematically.  As a local church we have made a decision to give a minimum of 10% of everything SCC receives in our general and building funds to go towards missions.  We don't expect individuals who attend SCC to live by a practice that we don't first exemplify.  If everyone willingly chose to tithe at SCC, the storehouse of heaven would open in every aspect of our collective destiny.

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